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Meet the Funder: TVO

February 8, 2024

DOC Institute’s Meet the Funder series is back!

Join DOC Institue for a virtual conversation with Natasha Negrea (Head of Programming) and Alexandra Roberts (Commissioning Editor, Documentaries Programming and Content).

The session will be free to attend. Stay tuned for registration details!

📅 Wednesday, February 21st
🕒 5:00pm ET
📍 ZOOM

The DOC Hour will provide an opportunity for an intergenerational conversation on the topic of transformations in the Canadian and Quebec documentary world since DOC was founded in 1983. We’ll look back over four decades of DOC’s tireless efforts to preserve the vitality, funding and accessibility of documentaries in our society.

We’d like to mark this anniversary by reflecting on our history and looking to the future. We salute the growing diversity of our community, take stock of our challenges and celebrate our successes.

The panel will begin with an overview of the “Getting Real/Toute la vĂ©ritĂ©” report on the decline in funding for documentary production in Canada.

The Documentary Organization of Canada welcomes all to this no-charge event to help us celebrate our 40th Anniversary as an organization and the massive impact we have had in the documentary community for decades.

This “All Are Welcome” event will feature food, beverages, music, and plenty of networking time with a small interlude for a speaking panel made up of veteran producer and director, Connie Edwards (also former DOC National Board Chair) and emerging documentary writer and director Omar Mouallem, moderated by DOC Alberta Board Chair, Kelly Wolfert. The panel will reflect on how far DOC has come in 40 years, its impact in the community, and how, as the major voice for documentary across Canada, we are the organization best able to assist those starting out in the documentary industry.

After the panel, we will all be able to connect again and network. This event is perfect for experienced creators and DOC members to celebrate our successes over the past 40 years but it is an amazing opportunity for film/tv students, independent creators, emerging filmmakers, and scripted crew and technicians alike to meet and create lasting relationships.

Dï»żOC Members will receive 1 complimentary drink ticket with registration.

If you are interested in becoming a DOC Member head to docorg.ca/join-doc. DOC is currently offering a free two year membership to all new members that identify as BIPOC.

At the height of a dramatic reconfiguration of Canada’s film and television funding, the Documentary Organization of Canada releases a major report on the state of documentary production in this country. In this session, DOC will share their findings for the first time, and explain why this latest edition of their “Getting Real” reports could be a game-changer for documentary filmmakers.

The panel will feature Kadon Douglas, Executive Director of BIPOC TV & Film, Owen Sherman, Senior Analyst at Nordicity, and Sarah Spring, Executive Director of DOC. The event will feature a special presentation by Mehernaz Lentin, National Director of Feature Film, Telefilm Canada.

Please note that access is limited to TIFF Industry and Conference passholders.

Thank you to our generous partners who have sponsored Getting Real 7!

DOC is extremely grateful to Nordicity for creating this report

DOC will be present at Gimli International Film Festival!

Growing from DOC’s wonderful meetings with local filmmakers at the Available Light Film Festival this past winter, DOC is looking forward to hear from Manitoba doc-makers as part of DOC’s Strategic Goal to connect with and work to strengthen local Chapters. In this session, DOC National Executive Director Sarah Spring will receive feedback from documentary filmmakers in Manitoba. This will be an opportunity to share ways that DOC National can better serve the documentary sector in the region as DOC shapes the next round of National programs to support filmmakers.

DOC will be present at Gimli International Film Festival!

Growing from our wonderful meetings with local filmmakers at the Available Light Film Festival this past winter, attending Gimli to connect with Manitoba doc-makers is part of DOC’s Strategic Goal to connect with and work to strengthen our local Chapters.

DOC’s principal mandate is to advocate on behalf of documentary creators for a sustainable, equitable, inclusive, fair and functional film industry. This discussion aims to ensure that filmmakers in Manitoba are informed of Federal Policy changes that affect them at ground zero, such as Bill C-11 and changes on the horizon for the cultural funds from Heritage Canada. This discussion will also be led by Joy Loewen, CEO of National Screen Institute

About the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI)


Propelled by a visionary network of donors, private and public organizations, board members
and staff, the National Screen Institute supports creators from across Canada to tell
unforgettable stories. Through industry-informed training and mentoring in film, television
and digital media, students and alumni find their voice and place on the global stage,
inspiring us to shape a better world.

We are committed to training participants from a diverse community of voices including
Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or
questioning and two-spirit (LGBTQ2S+), people with disabilities, those outside large urban
centres, those from regional and remote areas and various religious groups.

The Documentary Organization of Canada Atlantic Chapter has partnered with the Lunenburg DOC Fest and DOCTalks Festival & Symposium to present a series of nine conversations in 2023. The next three conversations will take you deeper into the world of  Community Engagement & Alternative Distribution.

Hundreds of documentary films are pitched to broadcasters each year, but most do not receive a CRTC regulator broadcast-streaming license and/or government film agency funding. This lack of access to financing and distribution has led many independent producers to engage with community partners to create, finance and distribute their documentary films using a cross-sector approach. Join us in June as we present three documentary media conversations: i)  Collaborating in a Community of Creators, ii) Producing Social Impact Films,  and iii) Alternative Distribution in Canada.

Alternative Distribution in Canada

Becky Tennyson and Patrick Watt manage two non-profit, CRTC regulated, community TV stations that collectively reach an estimated 800,000 households across New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Canada. They will share information about their community TV stations and a new documentary film strand being planned called DOCTalks Presents.

Florence Lamothe and Naomie Decarie are with TĂ«nk, a not-for-profit, independent subscription-based streaming platform, dedicated to the promotion of documentary cinema, and available online across Canada. It was launched in Quebec in February 2020 and they will discuss TĂ«nk’s mission and operations.

The Documentary Organization of Canada Atlantic Chapter has partnered with the Lunenburg DOC Fest and DOCTalks Festival & Symposium to present a series of nine conversations in 2023. The next three conversations will take you deeper into the world of  Community Engagement & Alternative Distribution.

Hundreds of documentary films are pitched to broadcasters each year, but most do not receive a CRTC regulator broadcast-streaming license and/or government film agency funding. This lack of access to financing and distribution has led many independent producers to engage with community partners to create, finance and distribute their documentary films using a cross-sector approach. Join us in June as we present three documentary media conversations: i)  Collaborating in a Community of Creators, ii) Producing Social Impact Films,  and iii) Alternative Distribution in Canada.

Producing Social Impact Films

Hannah Minzloff is a social impact producer who will share her knowledge and experiences about community-based partnerships, funding, distribution and audience engagement through the lens of three documentary media projects. Six primrose – the power of food to build community, Dementia Dad & Me – family experiences with dementia, and Wicked Bodies – queer community eating disorders.

TRUEFAUX’S IMPACT FILMS

Having launched an initiative to normalize conversations about mental health in the Canadian documentary field last autumn, the Documentary Organization of Canada and the team at DocuMentality, with the financial support of the Canada Media Fund, conducted a series of focus groups to assess well-being among documentary industry professionals nationwide.

The findings are being released immediately following the panel, in Canada’s first in-depth analysis of mental health and well-being in the production sector. This session offers insights into their findings, guidance for best practices and testimonies geared toward implementing structural change.

Please note that access is limited to Hot Docs passholders with Industry All-Access Pass | Conference & Networking Pass | Conference Pass.

A contemporary interpretation of the Fair Use provisions of US Copyright law has revolutionized documentary filmmaking in recent years. Working closely with LA law firm Donaldson & Califf, White Pine Pictures has taken advantage of Fair Use provisions in several of their recent films including Buffy Sainte-Marie, Margaret Atwood, Ice-Breaker, All Governments Lie, Toxic Beauty and others.

Join White Pine Pictures President and founder, Peter Raymont to hear about Fair Use in Canadian documentary films.

đŸ—“ïž December 6th, 2022
🕔 2:00pm ET


Over the past year, CBC has introduced new equity, diversity and inclusion requirements for their productions.DOC has invited CBC’s team to speak about these changes, and to answer any questions you may have about how this will impact your current or future documentaries with CBC.

Dans le courant de l’annĂ©e Ă©coulĂ©e, CBC/Radio-Canada a mis en place de nouvelles exigences d’équitĂ©, de diversitĂ© et d’inclusion pour leurs productions. DOC a invitĂ© l’équipe de CBC/Radio-Canada Ă  venir nous parler de ces changements et Ă  rĂ©pondre Ă  toute question que vous vous posez sur l’impact que ces nouvelles rĂšgles pourraient avoir sur vos documentaires actuels ou Ă  venir produits avec la CBC/SRC.


đŸ—“ïž Monday, October 24, 2022
🕔 2:00pm ET


The Association quĂ©bĂ©coise de la production mĂ©diatique, the Documentary Organization of Canada and the Canadian Media Producers Association invites its members to join Julie Blondin, National Director, Business affairs & Coproductions, Telefilm Canada as she presents the new Canada – France co-production treaty, highlighting the changes and new elements. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.


đŸ—“ïž Tuesday, September 20, 2022
🕔 2:30pm

*English session only // French session will be on September 28*


⭐ Great News!

DOC is extremely pleased to announce that we will be participating in DocuMentality: an initiative that seeks to normalize conversations about mental health and well-being in our industry. DOC is participating in this initiative in order to have clear data to bolster our advocacy for sector commitments to support mental health and well being initiatives for documentary creators.

DOC is presenting a panel discussion at TIFF that outlines the results of the UK and US focus groups that launched Documentality earlier this year, and we’ll share our plans for Documentality in Canada.  The information we collect in the therapist-led Canadian focus groups will become a guide to normalizing conversations around mental health in our sector; how documentary filmmakers can become more resilient resources for themselves, their teams and the people who entrust them with their stories; and what actions DOC can take to advocate for sectoral change.


DOC at TIFF!

DocuMentality is an expanding initiative seeking to normalize conversations about mental health in the documentary industry and provide best-practice guidance for filmmakers. The project began with efforts in the UK and US. Now, the Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC) is spearheading a new wave of focus groups with support from the Canada Media Fund. On this panel, we’ll hear from DocuMentality team member Malikkah Rollins and DOC’s Sarah Spring about the past, present, and future of the movement. We’ll also hear from filmmaker Rebeca Huntt describing what she learned about maintaining mental balance in the making of her intensely personal film Beba, which premiered at TIFF last year. Moderator: Inney Prakash (Maysles Documentary Center)

đŸ—“ïž Tuesday, September 13, 2022
🕔 3:00pm



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NFB Quebec Chapter Session

February 2, 2022

In recent years, the National Film Board of Canada has made changes to its distribution, communications and marketing departments, to meet the needs of each film produced or co-produced by the NFB.

Responding to DOC Canada’s invitation, Anne-Claire Lefaivre (Marketing), Lily Robert (Communications) and Nathalie Bourdon (Distribution) will not only explain the composition and roles of their teams, but will break down the entire process from A to Z.

In these sessions, facilitated by DOC Executive Director Sarah Spring, the NFB will demystify what happens once you begin working with the Film Board, who is responsible for your project, and who will keep you informed throughout the release.

These sessions are offered by region so that the NFB can explain how the process is tailored to the local needs of each filmmaker to ensure their artistic vision is seen and reaches their audience.

These sessions also include a discussion period to answer any questions you may have.

Also present will be your studio’s Executive Producer and Regional Marketing Manager, as well as, Director, Indigenous Relations and Community Engagement, J’net Ayayqwayaksheelth, and Director, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Rachel DĂ©coste.

  • Marketing Manager: TBC
  • Publicist: Nadine Viau

Sessions are scheduled to run for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Everyone is welcome, DOC members and non-DOC members.

Note: This session will be in French. If you’d like to attend an English language webinar, DOC will be offering six webinars, each hosted by a different regional DOC Chapter.


Au cours des derniĂšres annĂ©es, l’Office national du film du Canada (ONF) a apportĂ© des changements aux services de distribution, de communication et de marketing pour rĂ©pondre aux besoins de chaque film produit ou coproduit par l’organisation.

En rĂ©ponse Ă  l’invitation lancĂ©e par l’Association des documentaristes du Canada (DOC), Anne-Claire Lefaivre (marketing), Lily Robert (communication) et Nathalie Bourdon (distribution) participeront Ă  des sĂ©ances de prĂ©sentation afin non seulement de dĂ©crire la composition et les rĂŽles de leurs Ă©quipes, mais aussi de dĂ©composer l’ensemble du processus de mise en marchĂ© de A Ă  Z.

Durant ces sĂ©ances, animĂ©es par la directrice gĂ©nĂ©rale de DOC, Sarah Spring, l’ONF prĂ©cisera ce qu’il advient une fois que vous commencez Ă  y travailler, mais aussi qui est responsable de votre projet et qui est chargĂ© de vous tenir au courant tout au long du processus. 

Ces sĂ©ances sont offertes par rĂ©gion afin que l’ONF puisse expliquer comment le processus est adaptĂ© aux besoins locaux de chaque cinĂ©aste, pour que sa vision artistique rejoigne son public.

Une pĂ©riode d’échanges est Ă©galement prĂ©vue Ă  la fin de chaque sĂ©ance pour que vous puissiez poser vos questions.

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NFB Atlantic Chapter Session

February 2, 2022

The Documentary Organization of Canada – Atlantic Chapter, is inviting you to a webinar hosted by DOC-National with a focus on the NFB (National Film Board of Canada) distribution process.

If you’ve made a film with the NFB in the past and have questions about how it’s presently being distributed and marketed, if you’re interested in how distribution works at the NFB for a potential future project, or if you’ve worked with the NFB and have ideas, concerns, or questions to share, please join us via webinar on March 1st, 2022 at 4pm AST.

DOC will be recording notes including the participants’ comments in each regional webinar. These will be shared on docorg.ca, and will be incorporated into DOC’s advocacy work. In the future, DOC will also be hosting additional webinars with the NFB and with other stakeholders in the documentary community, based on DOC members’ interest.

In addition to the three NFB representatives listed below, the new interim Executive Producer for the QuĂ©bec-Atlantic Studio, John Christou, and the new regional marketing manager, Jamie Hammond will also participate in our region’s webinar.

Sessions are scheduled to run for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

In recent years, the National Film Board of Canada has made changes to its distribution, communications and marketing departments, to meet the needs of each film produced or co-produced by the NFB.

Responding to DOC Canada’s invitation, Anne-Claire Lefaivre (Marketing), Lily Robert (Communications) and Nathalie Bourdon (Distribution) will not only explain the composition and roles of their teams, but will break down the entire process from A to Z.

In these sessions, facilitated by DOC Executive Director Sarah Spring, the NFB will demystify what happens once you begin working with the Film Board, who is responsible for your project, and who will keep you informed throughout the release.

These sessions are offered by region so that the NFB can explain how the process is tailored to the local needs of each filmmaker to ensure their artistic vision is seen and reaches their audience.

These sessions also include a discussion period to answer any questions you may have.

Also present will be your studio’s Executive Producer and Regional Marketing Manager, as well as, Director, Indigenous Relations and Community Engagement, J’net Ayayqwayaksheelth, and Director, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Rachel DĂ©coste.

  • Marketing Manager: Jammie Hammond
  • Publicist: Osas Eweka-Smith

Everyone is welcome, DOC members and non-DOC members.

If you’d like to attend the French language webinar, you are welcome to join on March 9th at 4pm EST.


Le chapitre Atlantique de l’Association des documentaristes du Canada vous invite Ă  un webinaire prĂ©sentĂ© par DOC National portant sur les stratĂ©gies de distribution de l’ONF (Office national du film du Canada).
 
Si le processus de distribution Ă  l’ONF vous intĂ©resse pour un projet que vous dĂ©veloppez, ou si par le passĂ© vous avez rĂ©alisĂ© un film avec l’ONF et que vous avez des questions sur la maniĂšre dont il est mis en marchĂ© et distribuĂ©, ou encore si vous avez travaillĂ© avec l’ONF et que vous avez des suggestions, des soucis ou des sujets de discussion que vous souhaitez partager, joignez-vous Ă  nous le 1er mars 2022 Ă  16 h. (HNA)
 
À chacun de ces webinaires rĂ©gionaux, DOC prendra des notes incluant les commentaires des participant.e.s. Ces notes seront accessibles sur docorg.ca et seront incorporĂ©es au travail de reprĂ©sentation politique de DOC. Se basant sur les intĂ©rĂȘts de ses membres, DOC organisera Ă  l’avenir de nouveaux webinaires avec l’ONF et d’autres parties prenantes de la communautĂ© documentaire. En plus des trois reprĂ©sentants de l’ONF mentionnĂ©s ici, John Christou, nouveau producteur exĂ©cutif par intĂ©rim du Studio du QuĂ©bec et de l’Atlantique et Jamie Hammond, nouvelle agente rĂ©gionale de mise en marchĂ©, participeront Ă  notre webinaire rĂ©gional.


Les séances sont programmées pour durer 1h15.

Au cours des derniĂšres annĂ©es, l’Office national du film du Canada (ONF) a apportĂ© des changements aux services de distribution, de communication et de marketing pour rĂ©pondre aux besoins de chaque film produit ou coproduit par l’organisation.

En rĂ©ponse Ă  l’invitation lancĂ©e par l’Association des documentaristes du Canada (DOC), Anne-Claire Lefaivre (marketing), Lily Robert (communication) et Nathalie Bourdon (distribution) participeront Ă  des sĂ©ances de prĂ©sentation afin non seulement de dĂ©crire la composition et les rĂŽles de leurs Ă©quipes, mais aussi de dĂ©composer l’ensemble du processus de mise en marchĂ© de A Ă  Z.

Durant ces sĂ©ances, animĂ©es par la directrice gĂ©nĂ©rale de DOC, Sarah Spring, l’ONF prĂ©cisera ce qu’il advient une fois que vous commencez Ă  y travailler, mais aussi qui est responsable de votre projet et qui est chargĂ© de vous tenir au courant tout au long du processus. 

Ces sĂ©ances sont offertes par rĂ©gion afin que l’ONF puisse expliquer comment le processus est adaptĂ© aux besoins locaux de chaque cinĂ©aste, pour que sa vision artistique rejoigne son public.

Une pĂ©riode d’échanges est Ă©galement prĂ©vue Ă  la fin de chaque sĂ©ance pour que vous puissiez poser vos questions.

Vous ĂȘtes tous bienvenu.e.s, membres ou non membres de DOC.

Le webinaire se dĂ©roulera en anglais. Si vous souhaitez assister au webinaire en français, vous ĂȘtes invitĂ©s Ă  nous rejoindre le 9 mars Ă  16 h HNE